Mario Gomez, Shinji Kagawa and Mario Mandzukic are the usual suspects for goalscorer punts this weekend with a half time score tip for Hamburg and a bet on two goals for Bayer Leverkusen among the other highlights in the German top flight.
Friday, March 16th
Hoffenheim v VfB Stuttgart (7.30pm)
Home win: 8/5 Draw: 23/10 Away win: 8/5
Key stat: There have been at least four goals scored in each of Stuttgart’s last four away games in the league
Betting tip: Stuttgart have had a knack for getting involved in high scoring games on the road of late, with a total of 18 goals scored and conceded in their last four away matches. Backing over 3.5 goals to be scored in this game against a Hoffenheim side still reeling from a 7-1 defeat by Bayern could be worth a punt at 39/20.
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Saturday, March 17th
Nuremberg v VfL Wolfsburg (2.30pm)
Home win: 21/20 Draw: 23/10 Away win: 13/5
Key stat: Wolfsburg’s Mario Mandzukic has scored three goals in his last two games against Nuremberg.
Betting tip: Croatian striker Mario Mandzukic is overdue a goal for Wolfsburg and could be one to watch against a Nuremberg side who come into this game on the back of a defeat in the Bundesliga. With Mandzukic available at 17/10 for a goal at anytime or 6/1 to open the scoring here, the forward looks worth backing.
Bayer Leverkusen v Borussia Monchengladbach (2.30pm)
Home win: 21/20 Draw: 23/10 Away win: 13/5
Key stat: Bayer Leverkusen have scored exactly two goals in each of their last three Bundesliga games
Betting tip: Gladbach’s away form in the Bundesliga continues to be a cause of concern and that looks unlikely to change against a Leverkusen side who won their last home league game 2-0 against Bayern. The hosts have averaged exactly two goals a game in the Bundesliga over their last eight games and are available at 13/5 to score two at the BayArena.
Borussia Dortmund v Werder Bremen (2.30pm)
Home win: 33/100 Draw: 4/1 Away win: 15/2
Key stat: Shinji Kagawa has scored five goals in his last five games at Signal-Iduna-Park.
Betting tip: Borussia Dortmund remain in imperious form at home in the Bundesliga and should be confident of victory against a stop-start Bremen side – particularly with Shinji Kagawa enjoying such a hot streak in front of goal. The Japanese midfielder scored the last time these two teams played in Dortmund and is available at 17/10 to score at anytime here.
Augsburg v Mainz 05 (2.30pm)
Home win: 37/20 Draw: 11/5 Away win: 29/20
Key stat: Augsburg have kept a clean sheet in each of their last three Bundesliga home games.
Betting tip: Augsburg’s defensive record at home remains solid with goalkeeper Simon Jentsch having kept five clean sheets in his last six games, including last weekend’s against Dortmund. Last time these teams met, Mainz failed to find the net in a 1-0 defeat and they are available at odds of 12/5 to score no goals this Saturday.
Hamburg v SC Freiburg (2.30pm)
Home win: 39/50 Draw: 13/5 Away win: 333/100
Key stat: Hamburg have been 2-0 down in three of their last four Bundesliga home games.
Betting tip: Hamburg have endured a torrid time of late in the Bundesliga having conceded an average of two goals in the first half of each of their last four games. Freiburg meanwhile have lost just one of their last four league matches, picking up points against Bayern, Schalke and Gladbach along the way. Backing the visitors to be leading 2-0 at half time could be worth a small punt a 37/2.
Hertha Berlin v Bayern Munich (5.30pm)
Home win: 15/2 Draw: 4/1 Away win: 33/100
Key stat: Mario Gomez has scored seven goals in his last two games for Bayern Munich
Betting tip: Mario Gomez’s hot streak continued this week with four goals against Basel in the Champions League. This came after a match-winning hat-trick against Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga last weekend. Up against Hertha, Gomez will be confident of further success in front of goal, having notched a brace against the Berliners last time the teams met. Another two goals – or more – is priced at 9/4.
Sunday, March 18th
Kaiserslautern v Schalke 04 (2.30pm)
Home win: 13/5 Draw: 23/10 Away win: 21/20
Key stat: Kaiserslautern have won the last three games between the teams.
Betting tip: Schalke 04 come into this game having failed to win any of their last five games on the road and have a poor recent record against an admittedly struggling Kaiserslautern team. The hosts have scored eight goals in their last three games against the Royal Blues and backing them to win with over 2.5 combined goals scored is surely worth a shout at 5/1.
Hannover 96 v Cologne (4.30pm)
Home win: 11/20 Draw: 29/10 Away win: 5/1
Key stat: There have been exactly four goals in four of Hannover 96’s last five games.
Betting tip: Lukas Podolski’s sending off for Cologne last week is likely to see the visitors start on the back foot against a Hannover side who come into this game on the back of a 4-0 win against Standard Liege in the Europa League. It was the second time in three games that the hosts scored four at home and with a 2-2 draw sandwiched in between, backing the match to see exactly four goals could prove a shrewd bet at 17/4.
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